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BHEARD Research Guide : Citation Management Software

Tools to Help You Gather and Organize References

There are a variety of software programs that allow you to collect and organize references and create bibliographies, either by typing in information or capturing references from Library databases.This video provides a brief overview. These programs work with Microsoft Word or other word-processing programs to automatically format bibliographies and footnotes/endnotes in almost every conceivable citation style, such as APA, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, Turabian, Science and other journal-specific citation styles. Some programs are free; others offer both free and purchased versions. The most popular are:

EndNote and EndNote Web



Which Citation Manager Should I Choose?

For assistance in selecting a citation manager, see the following sites:

Choosing a Citation Manager from the Penn State University Libraries

Zotero vs. Endnote from The Chronicle of Higher Education ProfHacker Blog

Citation Managers: Comparison of Features from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries

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